Devin Townsend Announces “Rarities By Request” Livestream Concert

Devin Townsend has announced another virtual concert. This one will take place on Halloween (October 31) and it will find the frontman playing a “Rarities By Request” set. Fans can purchase tickets HERE and vote on which songs are performed HERE. Townsend commented:

“Hey all, onward into the unknown, it’s time for preparation of the quarantine concert number 5, ‘Rarities By Request’ …this one will be held on Saturday, October 31st, and will be yet another experiment in trying to bring some live performance into your lives during these times 🙂 for this one, I will be performing in a very interesting way, rare songs from my catalogue. Songs I’ve been asked to play for years but for the most part have never done so. Pick ten of these and I’ll play whatever the final results will be!”

Devin Townsend Shares “Genesis” Live Video From “Order Of Magnitude – Empath Live Volume 1”

Devin Townsend has shared a new live video for his song “Genesis.” The footage is taken from his new live album/Blu-ray, “Order Of Magnitude – Empath Live Volume 1,” which will be released on October 23. That set was filmed at the Roundhouse in London, England on December 12, 2019 and it featured the following artists: Ché Aimee Dorval (Casualties Of Cool), Morgan Ågren (Kaipa), Mike Keneally (Dethklok), Markus Reuter (Stick Men), Nathan Navarro, Diego Tejeida (Haken), Samantha Preis, Anne Preis, and Arabella Packford.

Townsend commented:

“Here is the first song we’ve chosen to release from the upcoming DVD concert, ‘Order Of Magnitude‘ which was the first volume of my ‘Empath‘ touring band cycle.

This particular band consisted of ten people onstage, all without click tracks or backing tracks, with the aim of reproducing my work in a new and creative way. A lot of what I’ve done in the past has been very structured, and the opportunity to interpret the music with high degrees of improvisation and flow was a fantastic experience.

This song, ‘Genesis‘ from my latest album ‘Empath‘ seemed an appropriate way to introduce this concert to the audience. It’s kind of an example of ‘musical anarchy’ in some ways- as the song is all over the place structurally to begin with. But to have a chaotic piece of music, played by these extraordinary musicians I had the honour of being with, in a no-holds-barred production, was really cathartic. It was about being free to do whatever we wanted in a time where rigid ideas of what is acceptable or not are stronger than ever.

I hope you enjoy it. Volume 2 is next, and is in a lot of ways the polar opposite to this, but on my journey of musical exploration, I am grateful for all of it, so thanks again for the support.”

Devin Townsend Discusses Strapping Young Lad’s “Alien” In Seventh Episode Of His “Devin Townsend Podcast”

Devin Townsend has shared the seventh episode of his “Devin Townsend Podcast.” This one finds the frontman discussing Strapping Young Lad’s “Alien.”

Devin Townsend To Release “Order Of Magnitude – Empath Live Volume 1” In October

Devin Townsend will be releasing a new live album/Blu-ray titled “Order Of Magnitude – Empath Live Volume 1” on October 23. That set was filmed at the Roundhouse in London, England on December 12, 2019. The following artists performed with Townsend during the show: Ché Aimee Dorval (Casualties Of Cool), Morgan Ågren (Kaipa), Mike Keneally (Dethklok), Markus Reuter (Stick Men), Nathan Navarro, Diego Tejeida (Haken), Samantha Preis, Anne Preis, and Arabella Packford.

“Order Of Magnitude – Empath Live Volume 1” Track Listing:

01. “Borderlands”
02. “Evermore”
03. “War”
04. “Sprite”
05. “Gigpig Jam”
06. “Coast”
07. “Gato”
08. “Heavens End”
09. “Ain’t Never Gonna Win”
10. “Deadhead”
11. “Why?”
12. “Lucky Animals”
13. “Castaway/Genesis”
14. “Spirits Will Collide”
15. “Disco Inferno”
16. “Kingdom”

Townsend commented:

“The whole objective was that I wanted to make that statement: This is by the seat our pants. Because it’s important to me to represent this hyper anal-retentive music that I’ve made over the years, but in a human way. Rather than it just being, ‘Well, here it is, perfectly done.’

I was overwhelmed by the fact that all these brilliant people that I have so much respect for were willing to come together and play this weird shit with me. I had these unique players and this interesting instrumentation that allowed us to interpret the music in different ways. It was clear to me that I could just have fun and be me and know that they would be effortlessly be able to follow that.”

Multiple formats will be available to pre-order on August 28 including a limited edition deluxe 2-CD/1 Blu-ray/1-DVD artbook set.

Devin Townsend Working On New Album “Lightwork”

Devin Townsend has revealed that he is working on a new album titled “Lightwork.” The frontman tweeted the following about that:

Devin Townsend Shares Live Audio From Jam Session With “The Mandonnas”

Devin Townsend has shared live audio from his jam session with a project called “The Mandonnas.” The group consisted of various musicians that contributed to Townsend’s latest album “Empath.” He said the following about the performance:

“So this here is from the Empath Monnow Valley drum recording sessions. After one of the last days of tracking. Myself, Mike Keneally, Morgan Ågren and Nathan Navarro had our first jam, and this was it. Recorded live off the floor and mixed on the fly by the fantastic folks at Monnow Valley in Wales with Nolly Getgood and his team as well, it was straight in and out of a great old Neve mixing desk, and one take. Would be cool to continue with this and see where it goes when we’re able again maybe.”

Devin Townsend Reveals Details For Upcoming Virtual Concert

Devin Townsend has officially revealed the details for his next virtual concert. The set will take place on September 5 and it will find Townsend performing with Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless/Black Crown Initiate), Liam Wilson (Azusa, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan), and Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth). Tickets can be found HERE.

Townsend commented:

“So I was thrilled to announce my headlining of Bloodstock this year, and with an eye on doing my first ‘by request’ set that included my entire career, (including SYL and all the DTP albums), I know there were a lot of people that were really excited as well.

But then, as we all know, circumstances prevented that from happening, and that was disappointing as the show was meant to be a pivotal moment in my creative career. But every roadblock is an opportunity for something different so we have come up with a plan to bring you the show in a way I believe will be kind of revolutionary and damned exciting. We have been working tirelessly to bring you a ‘virtual’ concert of the by request set, with musicians playing together, yet all in different parts of the world.

However, I wanted to do something different, not the ‘brady bunch’ type split screen visuals filmed on smartphones, (they are cool, but also not really exciting in my opinion) instead, we have opted to make a full production, filming ourselves separately, playing our instruments live, on greenscreens, with 8 cameras each, (all at the same heights and distances for each of our remote shoots), and then combine these elements on a crazy virtual stage.

Its ambitious, but I think the closest to a monster concert as can be achieved this summer 😊 Considering everyone is scattered throughout the land yet not wanting to ‘let the dream die’ we have stumbled upon something rather amazing I think.

The players are Samus on drums, Wes Hauch on guitar, and Liam Wilson on bass… they have been going crazy learning the material, and we are putting it all together on September 5th, for the most ambitious live stream I think Ive heard of thus far. We have been dealing with Stageit to avoid any hiccups, and it poised to be rather awesome.

I will be live with it, and you, at this show, answering questions and talking to you throughout, to make it a totally interactive experience that acts not only as a cool way to spend a Saturday, but also as a potentially new way to do concerts entirely. The players I have hired have worked their butts off learning the material, and its going to be one of the coolest things Ive done in recent memory.

So please consider coming to this, Stageit has allowed the show to be the full 85 minutes, so it will be the full Bloodstock set. I cant actually believe we’re managing to pull off something like this, and theres a lot involved with it, but its worth it to me. Its not just any ‘quarantine concert’ this one is a quantum leap of sound and visuals. I cant wait for you to see this, hopefully you’ll consider it.


Devin Townsend Planning Metal Focused Streaming Concert, Shares Another Hour Worth Of New Ambient Guitar Music

Devin Townsend has revealed that he will be focusing on his metal material during an upcoming streaming concert. The virtual performance is expected to surface on September 1.

In other news, Townsend has also shared another hour worth of new ambient guitar music. He said the following about that:

“New Guitar Improv for you… I feel like Im figuring this vibe out now. This works good for background working sounds.”

[via The PRP]